DIY Soda Can Coasters

Well, Summer is in full swing here now.  Kids are home all day and we are enjoying the more relaxed schedules.  I am heading out tomorrow to attend the annual MDA Summer Camp I have been involved with for several years.  I shared a little bit of my experience with the camp last year here.  I have been a volunteer camp counselor (group leader) over a group of kids with Muscular Dystrophy and their volunteer helpers.  We basically are there to get them where they need to be and doing what they should be doing while having fun the entire week.  I LOVE it!  So I am busy getting my family ready for Grandma to come and spend the week with them and watch them while I am at camp!  I am hoping to pop in occasionally and share some pictures with you from the camp.

But today I have a new little project for those of you who drink your beverages out of a can or know someone who does.  These will also be a great gift idea for Father’s Day…Soda Can Coasters.

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Yes…that is my favorite drink of choice…that I no longer drink…Boo!  Getting to old to be drinking my calories!  But I can still enjoy looking at it when I place my ice water on my lovely new coasters!

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Simply empty out some cans of your choice and rinse them out with water.  Then take some tin snips and very carefully cut off the top and bottom of the can.  This can be a bit tricky.  **But be very careful as these cans are super sharp!!!!  I suggest wearing garden gloves while cutting to help give you extra protection.  I reenacted these photos because the gloves were not so pretty in the pictures…cause we all know how important that it!  Be sure to save as much of the flat part of the side of the can so that you can get a nice size square for your coasters.  Then cut down the seam of the can.  Most cans will have a definite seam on the side…usually by the ingredient list.

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Then I took some Silicone and put a good amount on the back of the square.  I then attached them to some simple white tiles that measured 4 by 4 inches.  I found them at Home Depot in the tile aisle and I believe they were 16 cents a piece.  Flatten and rub the tin square so that it is securely attached.  Wipe any excess Silicone off the top of the tile with a damp warm cloth. 

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Then I set a paper towel on the top of it and laid a pile of books on it and let them dry over night!  The next day I took a small paint brush and painted some glossy varnish over the top of it to seal it all off so that the edges would not peel up and to protect the edges from poking or scratching any users of the coasters.

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Then simply place some felt pads on the bottom of the coasters to protect your table top from getting scratched!

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Aren’t they fun?  I think they would be great to have in your TV room or game room.

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And did I mention how inexpensive they are to make?  Pennies per coaster!  Really!  And you are recycling with a purpose!

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So go ahead and whip some of these bad boys up!  One of the perks of this recent project was that I HAD to have one last drink.  Really!  There were no empty cans to be found!  And I enjoyed every last drop.  Who knows, I just may HAVE to make a LOT more of these coasters to give to ALL my friends and family!

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What do you think?  If you were to make some, what aluminum cans would you use?

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  1. says

    Oh those are SO fun! They would also be perfect in a game room and/or family room! Of course, I would probably slice my hand off cutting the cans, I’m “coordinated” like that! :)

  2. says

    OH MY GOSH, those are the cutest things ever. I don’t really drink soda, maybe beer, but rarely from a can, so I would have to go dumpster diving to get my hands on cans, lol. Oh unless I wait until a bday party or something. Thanks for the wonderful idea though. I just love it, so bright, and cheery.

    Alrighty Amy, I’m featuring this on my facebook page, and also pinning it to myPINTEREST-NEED TO TRY THIS board.

    Hugs, Bella :)

      • Karen says

        Lisa, good idea. So I just peeled off the label of a two liter bottle and it would be perfect to decoupage on a tile. These are cute tiles.

  3. says

    This is seriously right up my ally. I LOVE this idea. I could totally make a diet coke version for my husband for father’s day. How fun, Thank you!!!

  4. says

    This is so cool!!!! I would never have thought to do that. Perfect father’s day gift! I know what my husband is getting! ;-)

  5. Valerie @ My-2-Cents says

    OH My Gosh!! How cute and simple. Great Idea…I LOVE this and WILL be making some. Perfect time too. I am planning a Surprise Birthday party for my husband. What a great little something special this will be!

  6. Suzanne says

    What a fun idea. Have a great week at camp. I bet it makes you feel so good to share in an experience that helps those kids do normal camp things.

  7. says

    Wow! What a great idea!!! I LURVE the bottom picture w/ the cold Dr. Pepper in the dotted glass! Looks so yummy! I used to be a Diet Coke addict, but I’ve had to wean myself off of them. Too many calories and water IS better for me!LOL Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. Amber @FromTheHeartsOf says

    That is so cute. I’m going to go pick up the necessary supplies tonight. I can’t wait to make some of my own!

  9. Leanne says

    These are so cute. They would make such a fun gift and would look so cute in a family room. I love this idea!

  10. says

    These are so awesome! Like amazing. I love them Amy! Only I need 25 Diet Coke ones. (duh) I’m going to put this on my list. I just finished making some coasters….and shoot…I’m pretty sure these are way cuter. Darn! Oh well. :) I just need to learn that you are the QUEEN of fantastic!

  11. Angie @ Bigbearswife says

    what a great ideas! I’ve made a few coasters from Tiles and Pictures printed on tissue paper! but I love your idea!

  12. says

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! We have a bit of a Pabst collection in our house, but we do not have coasters to go with it. I think we might soon!

  13. Jenn says

    Very cute idea, but using aluminum cans seems to result in a very denty end product, as seen in one of the photos… might this be better executed with the plastic labels from 20oz bottles, with a few good, thick layers of poly on top?

  14. says

    My hubby is a Mountain Dew….{not a typo} he drinks so much, he really has turned into A MOUNTAIN DEW! But seriously, my father’s day craft that was planned has been a pain to arrange, so NOW, I’m going to make him some Pepsi and Mountain Dew coasters….Too fun! I’ll send you the link to the post once I’m done! Fun stuff…thanks for sharing!

  15. natalie lyman says

    to make these a little bit safer and the safe effect..cute up a 12 pack case of soda box. THen modge podge the cardboard(which is as think as the tin) onto the tiles. super effect minus the sharp edges to work with!!

  16. says

    I tried switching to Diet Dr. Pepper several times, but after a week I was always ready for the ‘real’ stuff again. Then we started tracking our calories & the difference between 0 and 150+ was big enough for me to feel no qualms about grabbing a diet can again & again. Soon I got to the point where I really couldn’t taste the difference between diet & regular (Dr. Pepper is one of the better diet sodas, though. I don’t think I could ever stomach a Diet Coke!).

    I guess you’ve just got to stick it out a little while. At the time they had a Berries & Cream flavored version that tasted even less diet-y. But if you are not having problems switching to water, more power to you! (I do only drink about a can a day, but I am always craving more!)

  17. says

    These are amazingly cute! Maybe we could round the corners and mod podge over it so that it could be protected from the drinks that we set on them :]

    I am a new follower and I would love if you came and followed me back at A Sew Chic Boutique!

    • says

      Thanks so much Ashley! Rounding the corners would be a great idea. Less sharp edges. Mod Podge would be good but it is water soluble. I used a varnish so the condensation from the drinks would not dissolve it. But for sure adding something to cover it is a great idea to protect it from the hot and cold drinks.

  18. Anjie B. says

    So cute! I think I can actually make these! Gonna start saving my Dr Pepper cans, and make my husband start saving his Mtn. Dew ones too. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Jess says

    Awesome post! What kind of varnish are you using? I’m having trouble finding one that properly seals the edges; they’re still very sharp on my practice piece.

  20. Amber says

    This is such a good idea!!!!!!
    I am 13 years old and I am making these for my dad for Christmas and I am so happy!!!! I really think this will be something that I can actually make and have fun while doing…. THANK YOU!!!!!;)

  21. Paula Hill says

    This is absolutely what me and the kids will be doing at some point in the next few days! We buy 2liters not cans so it will also necessitate a trip to the store~I have a feeling they will not mind helping me empty those cans! We will do Sprite, Dr Pepper, Orange Crush, Mountain Dew, and A&W. And believe it or not I already have the tiles!! I have a stash that I had been hanging onto to use just for crafts with the kids! This is perfect!!
    Will definitely repost on pinterest but cant share on FB or he will see, haha!

  22. Mira says

    TIP:If you don’t have tin snippers, you can use a can opener to cut off the top and bottome of the can. It works perfectly!

    • Jenny says

      Wow! This one caught my eye! Believe it or not, the only can opener, we own is just a cheap handheld one, we use it to open puppy food cans! Before I collect soda cans, can you tell me, did you use an electric or handheld opener? I an having a hard time envisioing,getting the bottom of the can off! Thank you, I am really excited to make some for xmas! Thank you!!!

  23. danielle says

    I am so going to do this but I am going to do it with the BOX that the cans come in to reduce the possible risk of cutting even after it is on the tile. I would use modge podge also instead of varnish. Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Reading up in the comments – she suggests varnish because it’s not water soluable like modge podge, it could come off with the condensation from a drink.

  24. Will W says

    My 8th grade Roots and Shoots class has created a store at our school that sells recycled stuff, and this is the hottest item! Thank you so much for the idea!

  25. evelien says

    Zo mooi maar waar vind je die witte vierkanten waar dat je dan dat blikje op plakt.
    En moet er daar dan nog iets boven op dat blikje waarschijnlijk iets van plastiek of zo.
    Ik hoop dat je me kan helpen.
    Mvg van evelien coppens en tot wederhoren

  26. Jeanne says

    Saw a few people’s suggestions about using paper labels instead of the cans and thought, the paper might not be as durable as the aluminum (tin?)—but then a light bulb went off—–laminate the paper before adhering it to the tiles! Then varnish over it if you prefer, but I don’t think it would be necessary.

  27. Sanne says

    I’m making this for my brother, who just went to college and everything. I’m also replacing the felt pads for magnets, so he can put them on his refrigerator, it’s going to look great! Such a cute little gift!

    • says

      What a great idea! Perfect for a college student and adding the magnets is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

  28. Valerie Soemadi says

    These are quite cute, but when drinks sweat the water runs off the coaster and onto your table. The coasters haven other to absorb the moisture.

  29. says

    We have a friend that’s a missionary in Belize. He’s a total Dr. Pepper addict but it’s really hard to find there and very expensive when he does. I think some Dr. Pepper coasters will be the perfect gift in his next care package we send!

  30. Connie Perkins says

    I have to make some Diet Coke coasters for both of my daughters….and Michelle at work too! Thanks for such a fun idea..and simple enough for me!


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